School Transport Ticket Savings of up to €500 for Year 2022/23

Cllr. Fionnán Fitzgerald has advised constituents that anyone who has applied for and receives a school transport ticket for the year 2022/23 will not be charged a fee for their school bus ticket this year.

Anyone who has applied for and receives a school transport ticket for the academic year 2022/23 will not be charged a fee for their school bus ticket this year.

This will provide families with savings of up to €500 on the cost of tickets – according to information passed on by Cllr. Fionnán Fitzgerald.

Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance

This allowance is being increased by €100 for each eligible child under the scheme.

Consequently, the amount being paid for each qualified child aged 4 – 11 years will be €260 and the rate payable for each eligible child aged 12 and over will be €385.

It is estimated that some 151,000 families will benefit from this measure in respect of over 262,000 children.

This is a one off measure for 2022 to assist families with back to school costs in the current year

School Meals Programme

The 310 newly designated DEIS schools can avail of the school meals programme this year and this will benefit almost 60,000 additional children.

The programme will include over 270 additional primary schools providing hot school meals to their pupils in the next school year.

About DEIS Schools

DEIS stands for Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools and it is the action plan for educational inclusion.

It was launched by the Department of Education and Skills in May 2005. The plan focuses on addressing the educational needs of children and young people from disadvantaged communities, from pre-school through second-level education from three to 18 years.

Up to 852 primary level and second level schools in Ireland are included in the DEIS initiative and 658 of these are primary schools while 194 are secondary schools.

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